You know I keep hearing people say how he’s got the war, the economy, health care, etc. on his plate as being the reason he can’t be a ‘fierce advocate’ for gay people.
Part of being a leader is being able to delegate the work to be done. So far President Obama seems to be doing that well.
He also has time to throw Halloween parties for the children of military families. Yet he doesn’t have the time to speak against a hateful proposition in California, or in Maine?
So tell me, why doesn’t the President take five minutes out of his day to say “Voting to repeal civil rights is wrong.” or “Yes on 1 is hateful and disgraceful.”?
Fierce advocate my ass. We’ll take the crumbs he offers like a hate crimes bill, but when it comes to true equality we give him a pass.
On the one hand I’m glad that Obama is President and McCain isn’t. And I don’t regret having dumped a few hundred bucks into the campaign either. But I do wish Obama would show more leadership characteristics. Hells Bells, even Jimmy Carter got roped into telling people not to vote for the Briggs Initiative in CA back in the 1970’s.
Here’s my theory. If you’re going to be a leader and not a politician it means you don’t necessarily get a second term. So you make the first term worthwhile. What astounds me more is that Obama and the Democratic party seem to be on the same page of lack of leadership. This has become evident in the health care reform debate.
There shouldn’t be any debate as to discussion. There should be debate that has the long term goal of fixing a broken medical system.
But instead we’ll see our elected representatives sell us out with health care cooperatives, in essence saying we’ll be even more at the whims of the marketplace.
And as far as gay rights, yes we may now be included in hate crimes statutes, and we may get an ENDA bill but again it’s a half step. ENDA isn’t what we want we want EHCNDA (Employment, Housing and Creidt Non Discrimation) for the entire spectrum of the LGBT community.
We have a golden opportunity with a super-majority in congress and a Democratic President. Civil rights should be easy to push through.
Most of all we want our civil rights, all of them not just some of them.
I find it odd that you have military commanders saying the military is ready to get rid of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell. So where’s the political will to do away with DADT and DOMA?
It seems as thought we’ve elected cowards.
So step up President Obama and do the right thing.